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Germany defeat Pakistan in first match of Hockey World Cup 2018

12 December, 2018 3:11 pm 3:11 pm

BHUBANESWAR (92 News) – Germany picked up a narrow 1-0 win over Pakistan in the first match of 2018 Hockey World Cup in Indian city of Bhubaneswar on Saturday. The only goal of the match was scored by Marco Miltkau in the 36th minute. The German side hit eight shots compared to Pakistan’s three. The … Read More

France favourites as Moscow basks in World Cup spotlight

07 July, 2018 6:29 pm 6:29 pm

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia can cause a massive upset but France are favourites as Moscow basked in sweltering summer sun and the world’s spotlight on the big day of the World Cup final. A nation of just over four millions are 90 minutes away from what could be a pleasant shock for them if Croatia … Read More

Croatia will have excess energy for World Cup final – Rakitic

07 July, 2018 8:25 am 8:25 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia will have more than enough energy to take on France in the World Cup final on Sunday despite being taken to extra time in all three of their World Cup knockout matches, midfielder Ivan Rakitic said. The Croats needed penalties to beat Denmark and Russia in the last-16 and quarter-finals respectively … Read More

Mandzukic sends irrepressible Croatia into first World Cup final

07 July, 2018 9:05 am 9:05 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Croatia yet again showed their magnificent resilience to come from behind and beat England 2-1 on Wednesday as Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time goal sent them into their first World Cup final and a possible revenge mission against France. For the third successive knockout game the Croats trailed, this time to Kieran Trippier’s fifth-minute … Read More

Jubilant Croatia fans revel in World Cup semi-final win over England

07 July, 2018 8:47 am 8:47 am

ZAGREB/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jubilant Croatian fans honked their car horns and let off fireworks after their soccer team came from behind to beat England 2-1 in extra-time on Wednesday to clinch a place in the World Cup final against France. Mario Mandzukic put Croatia ahead after scoring in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, giving the Balkan nation … Read More

Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again

07 July, 2018 8:30 am 8:30 am

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some England soccer fans sobbed while others looked to the future with confidence after their once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia on Wednesday. “We blew our chances,” 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near … Read More

Firecrackers cause stampede in Nice during World Cup; 27 hurt

07 July, 2018 8:54 am 8:54 am

NICE, France (Reuters) – More than two dozen soccer fans were hurt in a stampede in Nice on Tuesday when revellers let off firecrackers moments before the final whistle of France’s World Cup semi-final win, a local official said. The incident underscored how the city on the French Riviera remains on edge two years after … Read More

Belgian sights firmly set on World Cup victory: Vermaelen

07 July, 2018 9:01 am 9:01 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Belgium will be deeply disappointed if they fail to win the World Cup, defender Thomas Vermaelen said on Sunday, in the first direct acknowledgement of the team’s belief in their ability to emerge triumphant in Russia. While other players have kept up a steady mantra of taking the tournament one game at … Read More

Chance was not on Brazil’s side in painful defeat, says Tite

07 July, 2018 8:49 am 8:49 am

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Brazil coach Tite felt a terrible bitterness after they were knocked out of the World Cup by Belgium in the quarter-finals on Friday and said his side never got the breaks in an enthralling end-to-end contest. Fernandinho put Belgium ahead with an own goal when the ball came off his shoulder … Read More

France’s Macron to attend World Cup game in Russia

07 July, 2018 8:47 am 8:47 am

PARIS/MOSCOW (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the soccer World Cup in Russia, the Elysee said on Friday, after France beat Uruguay to book a place in the semi-finals. Hosting the World Cup has allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin to step up his diplomacy, securing a series of meetings with international guests on … Read More

Belgium hold off Brazil in thriller to reach semis

07 July, 2018 8:35 am 8:35 am

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Belgium struck early and then held off a late Brazil fightback to send the five-times champions tumbling out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 2-1 victory in an end-to-end thriller on Friday. A Fernandinho own goal and brilliant Kevin De Bruyne strike, after Thiago Silva had hit … Read More

Belgium use daring and intelligence to outwit Brazil in thriller

07 July, 2018 8:33 am 8:33 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Belgium used a combination of daring, intelligence, resilience and not a little luck to oust World Cup favourites Brazil 2-1 in a memorable quarter-final tie on Friday that would have made a worthy final. After disappointing quarter-final exits in their last two major tournaments, Belgium coach Roberto Martinez has instilled some self-belief … Read More

Var: World Cup lets technology genie out of the bottle

07 July, 2018 9:37 am 9:37 am

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – When it finally happened, many may not have realised they had just witnessed a moment of World Cup history. Brazil were pushing Costa Rica hard in their second group game in St Petersburg, and with 12 minutes left and the sides scoreless, Neymar collapsed under a touch from Giancarlo Gonzalez, leading … Read More

Brazil’s Danilo ruled out of World Cup with ankle problem

07 July, 2018 9:23 am 9:23 am

KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Brazil right back Danilo has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup after suffering ankle ligament damage in training on the eve of Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said in a statement. The 26-year-old suffered a thigh problem in Brazil’s opening group game against … Read More

Clash with Brazil a defining match for Belgian generation

07 July, 2018 8:30 am 8:30 am

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against Brazil in Kazan is a defining game for Belgium’s talented generation of players but don’t call them ‘golden’, said defender Vincent Kompany on Wednesday. “The term ‘golden generation’ is obviously one the players didn’t come up with and it’s not something we pay too much importance to,” … Read More